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Wendy Zoffer Flute Experience, “Sweet Summer Sounds – Samba to Swing!”

July 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Wendy Zoffer

(NOTE: The Oscar Hammerstein Community Sing originally scheduled for this hour has been canceled, and the Wendy Zoffer Flute Experience concert was rescheduled from 3 pm to 7:30 pm.)

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to present the Wendy Zoffer Flute Experience performing Sweet Summer Sounds – Samba to Swing!

The group, featuring Wendy Zoffer (flute), Alex Otey (piano), Jerry D’Anna (bass), and Darrell Soltesz (percussion), will perform a mix of Brazilian, Jazz Standards, and Blues.

Originally from Montreal, Wendy Zoffer is an accomplished classical, jazz, and tango flautist. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music Performance and Education from New York University and studied with Samuel Baron, Harold Jones, and Gerardo Levy. Wendy has worked with notable jazz musicians such as Guitarists Chuck Lambert and Lou Volpe, Saxophonists Larry McKenna and Richie Cole, Pianists Glen McClelland (Blood, Sweat & Tears), and Brad Mandigo, Drummers Gerry Hemingway, Darrell Soltesz, and Robert Boyd, and Bassists Gary Mazzaroppi and Jerry D’Anna. Her group frequently performs at The National Constitution Center, Grounds for Sculpture, Princeton University Events, The Explorers Club & many other venues. Wendy’s  jazz CD Bird of Beauty, and children’s CD Sing Me a Day are available at www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com & The Princeton Record Exchange. She is the Owner/Director of the in-demand music company, Princeton Music Connection.

Alex Otey is a pianist, singer, trumpeter, composer/arranger, producer and recording engineer who has performed with a number of prominent jazz musicians including Aaron Bing, Lew Soloff, and Sunny Stitt, and recorded with Grover Washington Jr and Richie Cole. He’s a participant on a GRAMMY® Winning and on two GRAMMY® Nominated projects as a contributing artist, producer and arranger. He hosts The Trenton Jazz Show aired on WWFM JazzOn2 89.1 HD2 and he performs regularly as a Jazz Piano-Vocalist at many venues as well as for Princeton Music Connection.

Jerry D’Anna is a versatile freelance bass player. He doubles on both electric bass and acoustic bass. He has played in many Jazz groups, orchestra pit bands, folk, rock and blues bands throughout the New York and Philadelphia area. Mr. D’Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Rutgers University. While at Rutgers he played with the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Paul Jeffrey and the Rutgers Orchestra. Also at Rutgers he performed with many fine musician classmates including Thomas Chapin, Jerry Weldon, Dave Schumacher, Terence Blanchard, Ralph Peterson Jr. and Steve Nelson. He studied bass privately with Rick Laird, Larry Ridley, Homer Mensch, Lou Kosma and Lisle Atkinson. After graduating from Rutgers University he spent time in Atlantic City at the Golden Nugget Casino where he performed with Frankie Randall, Fran Jeffries, Barbara McNair, and Frank D’Rone Mr D’Anna performed with many artists including singers Jeanie Bryson, Doris Spears, Frank D’Rone, trumpeters Michael Mossman, Terrance Blanchard, and Daniel Tobias, pianists Kenny Barron, Steve Kramer, Phil Orr, John Bianculli. Brad Mandigo, Keith Franklin and Pete Lauffer. He performed in the pit band at the Bucks County Playhouse production of Rock and Roll Man: The f Alan Freed Story. He performed at the Crossroads Theater production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. This production also went on a Caribbean Tour. In 1985 he went on a European tour with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine which included the famous saxophonists Sonny Fortune and Pat LaBarbara. Recently he performed with bands including the Keith Franklin Group, the Midiri Brothers Orchestra, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, Sustainable Jazz Ensemble, Tigertown Dixieland Band, Some Like It Hot Club, Stephane Wrembel, Dallas Vietty and the Princeton Music Connection.

Darrell “Double D” Soltesz is a world class drummer, singer, recording/session musician, music consultant who has performed with many prominent jazz/rock/country musicians including Richie Cole, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), The Charlie Daniels Band, Johnny Cash and many more Grammy® award winning artists. He has recorded and now performing with GRAMMY® contributing artist, arranger Alex Otey. He also performed with The Johnny Cash Experience & for national Tribute Artists to SOLD OUT shows appearing at concert/theater venues nationwide including The Keswick Theater, World Café Live, The Sellersville Theater, B.B. Kings and Atlantic City/Las Vegas Casinos. Also teaching/mentoring/performing with musicians throughout his career is his “passion”. “Double D” was honored to have performed at a concert gala for The Three Tenors in Philadelphia and the 100th Anniversary for The Academy of Vocal Arts and has appeared at other festivals along the east coast. Visit “Double D” at his website and social networks at: www.DarrellSoltesz.com  https://m.facebook.com/DarrellDoubleDSoltesz/

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New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

For online purchases, PLEASE PRINT AND KEEP YOUR RECEIPT emailed from PayPal. You will not be mailed tickets. While our notification from PayPal is usually sufficient, the receipt will provide your proof of purchase, particularly for same-day purchases.

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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July 15, 2018
7:30 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map